Fill out your census, register to vote by mails, Dine Out Boston, Garlic Naan and new links!

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August Centernews Part 2

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Here is how things stand at the moment:

Everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a face covering at organized gatherings of more than 10 people involving more than one household.  Including backyard house parties.
The limit on outdoor gatherings has decreased from 100 to 50 people.  This includes public and private venues, including organized events at private homes, backyards, parks, athletic fields and parking lots.  Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people for a single enclosed space.

**The second step of Phase 3 has been postponed indefinitely.

To report a business or workplace that is non-compliant with reopening standards and protocols:

Board of Health contact for Boston:
Margaret Reid: Interim Chief of Staff. 617.534.5855

Department of Labor Standards Hotline:
(508) 616-0461 x 9488
or you can fill this form out.
MBTA changes in effect August 30th
(click above link for more details)
The changes will:
- Support social distancing for both riders and employees
- Accommodate changing ridership patterns
- Optimize service with limited resources
- Allow flexibility for what is likely to happen this fall.

Service changes:
- Most bus routes will run on a regular schedule, similar to (or better than) pre-covid service.

Fare Changes:
- Effective September 1: Fare payments will be the same regardless of how you pay your fare.  There will no longer be a difference between CharlieTicket/cash fares and lower CharlieCard fares.

Fill Out Your Vote By Mail Application and Complete Census!

Vote By Mail

If you get stuck or have an issue with your vote by mail application, please call us Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM at 617-635-4225, or respond by email to this newsletter.

  • In July, a new law was passed to allow all registered voters in Massachusetts to vote by mail in any 2020 election. A vote by mail application has been mailed to the address where you are registered to vote (check that here). 
  • If you’ve received your application, you should: 
    • Fill it out and put it in a mailbox ASAP (free postage if mailed within the United States)
    • We recommend that you get a vote by mail ballot for all 2020 elections.
  • If you haven’t received your application, you should:
  • Download the application and mail, email, or bring it to the local election official at your city or town hall (Mail for Boston: Boston Election Department, 1 City Hall Square, Room 241, Boston, MA 02201, Email for Boston: ELECTION@BOSTON.GOV)
  • If you choose to email your application or write a letter by mail, your signature must be visible.
  • Boston Elections information
  • Massachusetts vote by mail FAQ


Fill Out the Census

If you get stuck or have an issue filling out your Census, please call us Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM at 617-635-4225, or respond by email to this newsletter.

  • You should fill out the Census for the address where you spend most nights during the year.
  • Everyone at your address should be included on your Census form, including children (even newborns!), roommates that aren't related to you, and those without official immigration status. 
  • All Census data is confidential and protected by federal law. Your personal information cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. In the event you misplaced or never received your census ID, this guide will explain how you can still respond online without it. You can also respond over the phone. For live phone assistance in 13 languages visit here
  • Due to changes by the Trump administration, the last day to participate in the U.S. 2020 Census (regardless of response method) will be September 30. For more on this news story see: NPR.
  • Only 53.4% of Boston’s households have responded to date.
    • Mission Hill: 49.8%-63.9%
    • Fenway: 42.3%- 62.4%
    • Back Bay: 43.2%- 57%
    • Beacon Hill: 57.5%- 64%
    • The West End: 31.9%- 37.7%
  • View District 8’s response by Census Tract on this map. 

If you’ve filled out your Census form and would like to do more, you can help remind your neighbors and volunteer to census phonebank with the City of Boston

~ Information & links courtesy of Kenzie Bok
District 8 City Councilor

August Continues....
College kids are moving back to town, positives tests are up, schools are deciding how to move forward, our gathering numbers have decreased, and our mail in voting is precarious.

On the other side, It's Restaurant week, and some menus are available for take out, there is still time to fill out the census, and it's not as hot!

We are working on what our new virtual world will look like for the West End Community Center.  New things are in the works! Stay tuned!

Be kind, be safe, be healthy, and spread the love!

  ~The West End Community Center


BPL to Go has been a success.  Please call if you need help scheduling an appointment or if you need anything.  We can be reached Monday - Thursday 10am - 6pm and Fridays 9am - 5pm at 617.523.3957.  Our website is, and can be accessed 24/7

Join the Future Reader's Club with our West End Children's Librarian, Casey Abbott, reading:

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

and some of her other recommendations for interactive books:

Community Recommendation:
Recommended by William Georgaqui

8298 Cambridge StreetCambridge MA 02141
TEL:  617-652-0484
Dave Mathews and wife Iris do their best to solve your computer problems

"Have had some troubles with my computers lately
Not a good outcome with Computer Geeks in the past.
I discovered nearby computer repair shop across the Charles in Cambridge
Easy to get to from our West End Community by car or bus and reasonable in service cost as well.
NEXT:   Bus #69 to Havard and ask the driver for New Cambridge St Library Stop."
New Links to Check out:
Summer Movies @ Suffolk Downs
 Thursdays at 8:30pm
August 20 - LaLa Land PG-13
September 10 - Field of Dreams PG

Gardening Hacks you'll want to know
Planting seeds and growing flowers, herbs, and vegetables seem to be a trend during quarantine.  Here are some easy tricks to get you started!


WATCH NASA: Astronaut Spacewalk #RealTimeTracker NASA FEED | 24/7 Earth Viewing cameras

2020 Boston Local Food Festival (Free!)

Sun, September 20, 2020
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Two-hour kayak (single or tandem) and stand-up-paddle-boards rentals are available for $30 plus taxes and fees.

Check out the link for more information, Kids are welcome to join as well (must be over 40 inches tall, restrictions apply)

The Museum of Science is OPEN

Here is how the Museum is making it safe for you to visit! 

New England Aquarium
is OPEN!
Wednesday - Sunday 8am - 6pm
Monday - Tuesday 9am - 6pm

New Timed ticketing!
all guests enter at designated times, and stay as long as they'd like.  Last entry time is at 5pm.  Buy your tickets ahead of time and redeem them on your mobile device.

- Implemented a one-way travel path
- Required mask wearing
- Suspended interactive exhibits
- Installed additional hand sanitizer stations
- Reduced attendance to maintain social distancing standards
- Installed touch-free entry
- Increased frequency of cleaning and are regularly disinfected high-touch areas
- Posted signage throughout the building about how to safely navigate the Aquarium
August 16th - 21st & 23rd-28th

Takeout options and outdoor dining spaces are now part of the twice-yearly restaurant event
* Check our the link above for more details and menu options.  Some restaurants are Dine in only.

Garlic Naan with Herbs

recipe from Rachel Gurjar
COOK TIME 16mins
YIELD: Serves or Makes 8
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup water, warmed to 115ºf
- 3/4 cup whole milk, warmed to 115ºf 
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 cup whole milk yogurt
- Butter, melted, to brush
- Olive oil, as needed, to grease bowl
- Garlic butter, (recipe below) 
- Cilantro, chopped, for garnish
- Black nigella seeds, as needed
- Flaky sea salt, as needed
  • STEP 1: Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • STEP 2: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the warmed milk, water, honey and yeast. Whisk gently to combine. Allow yeast to sit in the warm milk for 15 minutes to bloom. After 15 minutes it should be frothy – this indicates that your yeast is active and ready to use. If you come back and the yeast isn't frothy, discard the contents in your bowl and start over with new fresh packages of yeast and bloom again using the same technique.
  • STEP 3: Add yogurt to the yeast mixture and process with the dough hook until roughly combined. Set mixer to medium speed, add flour mixture to the dough and knead at medium speed until a large smooth mass forms.
  • STEP 4: Place your dough into a large greased bowl, lightly grease the top of your dough and cover with a dry tea towel. Set your dough aside to rise in a warm place for 1 - 1 ½ hours or until doubled in size.
  • STEP 5: Once your dough has risen, punch dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Form into a disc with an 8-inch diameter. Cut into 8 wedges, and roll in balls. Each ball should weigh about 3 ounces.
  • STEP 6: On a lightly floured surface roll each dough ball into an oval sheet about 6 inches wide, 9 inches long and ⅛ inch thick. Repeat with remaining dough balls.
  • STEP 7: Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium-high heat (it should be ripping hot), brush one side of naan with butter and put that side down on the skillet. Now quickly brush the other side and cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Once you see bubbles form flip over and cook for 45 seconds. Take off heat and brush with a generous amount of garlic butter and sprinkle with some sea salt, nigella seeds and chopped cilantro.
  • STEP 8:  Store naan, wrapped in a clean kitchen towel to keep warm and soft. Serve with your favorite curry.
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Heat small saucepan over medium-low heat and add butter.
Once melted, add garlic and sweat for 2 minutes. Take off heat and set aside in a bowl.

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